Do NOT try to re-enter a building or enter a debris field to look for personal property. It is unsafe to do so, and the air may be contaminated.
There may be significant numbers of casualties or damage to buildings and infrastructure.
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Tune in to local TV and radio for officials' announcements
What the City Does
Building collapses or explosions involve coordination between government agencies and infrastructure and utility partners. NYC Emergency Management may support recovery operations by coordinating any of the following at the request of the emergency responders: area evacuation, debris management, damage assessment, family reunification, power restoration, and more.
The City will monitor the air around a building collapse for contamination. If the air is contaminated, the City will notify the public and provide instructions on how to stay safe.
If the building collapse causes significant impacts to the surrounding area or requires an investigation, NYC Emergency Management will notify the public regarding transit disruptions, closed roadways and to avoid certain areas.
If a large number of residents are displaced and/or searching for missing family members, the City will coordinate service centers or family reunification centers when appropriate.